Many people have nightmares at the thought of a bed bug infestation. This incredibly common pest is frequently the cause for a call to for a pest management professional for Bensalem area homes and businesses.
With flat, oval bodies, bed bugs usually measure no more than five or seven millimeters long. That size may increase dramatically with a blood meal. Additionally, their dull brown color may become red with the blood they consume. They have six legs and no wings.
Human flood is the food of choice for bed bugs. The extremities, neck and face are the places that are most often bitten, but any exposed skin is vulnerable.
The average bedroom provides a multitude of useful hiding spots for the bed bug. With their small, flat bodies, they are capable of concealing themselves in remarkably small spaces. Their preferred areas are in and around beds. Mattress seams may provide an excellent habitat, and so do holes in mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs similarly may use bedding to hide themselves during the day. Other pests will try to hide as close to the bed as possible. They may be in the cracks in the bed frame or in the bedside table. Others will be concealed behind the plate on a light switch or behind baseboards or picture frames. Wherever they have easy access to a meal, they will hide.
PROBLEMS WITH BED BUGS
The bed bug’s bloodthirsty nature is the main problem that most people have with them. No one likes the idea of an insect seeking a blood meal from them while they are trying to sleep. Bed bugs are the cause of many a sleepless night, and this can affect productivity and mood on the following day. Additional worry is caused by the fear that the person who lives in an infested household may unwittingly spread the problem to other households by transporting these pests on their clothing or in their car. Most people simply want a swift return to a clean, sanitary household, which means that professional bed bug extermination is a necessity.
During the daylight hours, bed bugs are rarely seen. This is because they are skilled at hiding in small, hard-to-reach places. They emerge under cover of darkness to feed on their sleeping victims. Walking is their only real means of transport as they do not fly or jump. This means that they will cling to the socks, pant legs and shoes of people passing by. Alternatively, they may be moved by concealing themselves on luggage, purses or clothing.
When interior temperatures average between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, breeding conditions are ideal for bed bugs. They produce new generations with surprising speed, leading to a population explosion.
Research suggests that bed bugs do not carry diseases that can be transmitted to people. In most cases, the red bites that people suffer are only mildly annoying and cause little discomfort. A small portion of the population is subject to a severe reaction that may include excessive itchiness. Scratching typically does not relieve the itchiness, and too much of it may break the skin, leaving the bite victim vulnerable to infection.
It also is worth mentioning that a bed bug infestation may take an emotional and mental toll on people. Sleepless nights are all-but guaranteed, and these may have a negative impact on physical health. Dealing with the problem efficiently is a must for returning to peaceful, restorative nights.
SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION
Indications of a bed bug presence include:
• Tiny blood stains on pajamas and bedding • Small, unexplained bite marks that itch • Spotting small, oval-shaped insects in and around beds • Shed insect skins seen in and around beds • Tiny fecal stains on sheets and other bedding • Reports of unexplained skin conditions that look like rashes
Bed bug prevention methods include the following measures:
• If using shared laundry facilities, transport dirty clothing in a plastic bag • Use new, clean plastic bags to bring clothing home after washing in a community laundry facility • Refrain from folding clean laundry in shared laundry facilities • When returning home from travel, inspect luggage and clothing for signs of infestation • Inspect secondhand clothing and furniture before bringing it home • Regularly clean and vacuum car interiors to avoid transporting pests • Vacuum floors and upholstered furniture to remove eggs and bed bugs • Routinely launder curtains, drapes and small rugs • Check pets that have been outdoors for signs of bed bugs • Eliminate clutter, especially in bedrooms, to minimize bed bug hiding spots • Seal any cracks or open spaces around light switch plates, electrical outlets, baseboards, window frames and door frames
BED BUG CONTROL
Home remedies thought to get rid of bed bugs are not effective. And over the counter products intended to eradicate a bed bug population often make the situation worse by forcing bed bugs to spread to other areas of the structure, as well as to find deeper hiding places within the areas they presently occupy. These are just a few reasons that attempting to get rid of bed bugs yourself is almost always a bad idea.
In most instances the services of a licensed pest management provider with the specialized training and equipment is required for successful bed bug eradication from the places that people live, work, eat and sleep.
SafeGuard Pest Control, LLC. has been providing homeowners and business owners throughout the Bensalem area with quality, long-lasting bed bug extermination services for the past 20 years. And as a licensed pest professional, we have the products, equipment, and experience to eradicate any type of bed bug infestation.
We guarantee complete satisfaction along with follow up visits to ensure peace of mind and effective bed bug treatment.
BED BUG INSPECTION
Bed bugs have been found in all 50 states. According to a recent 2015 poll, 99.6 percent of pest control companies polled reported treating bed bugs found apartments, homes, hotels/motels, and popular spots.
If you suspect you may have a bed bug issue, call us. We will conduct a FREE professional inspection of your home or business within a 10 mile radius of our office, searching for all of the known tell-tale signs of a bed bug problem, in all of the areas that could harbor bed bugs and their eggs.
In the event bed bugs are discovered, we will discuss our findings with you and explain the best treatment options for your situation.